Conan O’Brien was filming a special in Israel when he encountered a group of activists. In this video, they are trying to convince him to use his show to get the Palestinian plight across. With Conan having such a large audience, the activists think he can make a real difference to educate Americans on this issue, and to counter the pro-Israeli (anti-Palestinian) propaganda in the American media. The activists are assertive, even forceful, the video title on YouTube is Conan O’Brien confronted by pro-Palestine activists *full video*. I don’t know if I would characterise it as a confrontation, or even a Conanfrontation (see what I did there?), but it certainly seemed like a tense encounter. I found it very interesting to watch, I think Conan handled it with grace.
I admired the people speaking to him, particularly the American woman who said… We can’t have free people anywhere in the world if anybody is oppressed. It’s going to take the liberation of all people, so it is my responsibility as a human to now educate myself about all oppressed people everywhere… I’m not Palestinian. I’m not here to save Palestine or to resolve the problems or to even speak for my Palestinian brothers and sisters. All I can do is do my part by saying Palestine, Palestine, Palestine, something’s happening, something is happening and tell them the truth about what I’ve seen with my own eyes.
After watching this video, I looked for the official version uploaded by Team Coco. I was unable to find it. Maybe it’s not available in my region. If I find it later I’ll replace the freebooted version. But I think this is worth watching.